Mr. Nice

Mr. Nice

Ryhs Ifans stars as Howard Marks, the elite British drug smuggler. 2.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Mr. Nice

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Certificate
Genre Comedy
Director Bernard Rose
Cast Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Nathalie Cox, Jack Huston Chloë Sevigny
Studio E1 Entertainment
Release Date October 2010
Running Time 121 mins
 

Ryhs Ifans stars as Howard Marks, the elite British drug smuggler.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Dan Jolin

A solid, often entertaining life-of-crimer which benefits from some stylistic touches and a faithful, convincing central performance.

08/10/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

You have to take it with a pinch of salt: but it's entertaining.

07/10/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

It feels like a halfway house towards mainstream recovery for a career blighted by studio frustration, but it offers something close to a career-best opportunity for Rhys Ifans, whose endearingly rumpled lead performance is thoroughly droll, reined-in, and even moving.

07/10/2010

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Time Out

Ben Walters

Rather than riotous picaresque, the result is more like a meandering shaggy dog story. Rose’s gimmicks have limited success: Marks’s pre-dope life is in black and white, and he’s often interpolated, Forrest Gump style, into archive.

07/10/2010

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The Times

Kevin Maher

Despite Thewlis, and despite the slippery moral context, Ifans alone makes this movie work. Magnetic to the end, he closes the film in fine form, with some devastating prison scenes that give Mr Nice just the right emotional heft, and prove that here, at last, is an actor who’s ready for his close-up.

08/10/2010

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

Though Ifans excels and Omid Djalili and Crispin Glover make welcome cameos, there’s something missing: an authorial voice to pick apart Marks’ endless self-aggrandising. As such, he ends up coming across onscreen as the unlikely lovechild of Robin Hood and Andy Dufresne.

04/10/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

The film is a lighthearted, amoral comedy thriller, its opening monochrome turning to colour when Howard smokes his first spliff as an undergraduate. The writer-director Bernard Rose takes a highly indulgent view of its hero, seeing him as a modernday Robin Hood...

10/10/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

Ifans is usually such a joy to watch, but the drama here is flat and repetitive. Too much getting high, not enough story.

10/10/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Based on the memoirs of Welsh drug-trafficker Howard Marks, this tale of a louche life is rather like its subject – tall, self-indulgent and rather windy. Rhys Ifans brings a scapegrace charm to the role...

08/10/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Why wasn’t this film wittier and more imaginatively shaped? Linear yet directionless it lollops on, Ifans’s Marks little more than a huckster in changing hairpieces who fails to sell us the appeal of the hophead counterculture.

06/10/2010

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Rhys Ifans is simply too charmless to play Marks, and director Bernard Rose's plodding screenplay is torn between making this an Ealing-style romp (but it isn't funny) and a human interest story with a sympathetic hero (except he isn't).

08/10/2010

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